What to Wear to an Engagement Session
The Engagement Session is a VITAL part of your Wedding Photography Experience! It is an opportunity for you get in front of my (Jessica’s) camera long before your wedding day and in turn, to get comfortable with your photography. This way when we both show up on your wedding day, neither of you are nervous, stiff, or unsure of what to do (well, at least you’re not nervous about your photography that is)! You and your fiancé will already be experts in front of the lens.
The FIRST outfit should be CASUAL
I like to encourage our couples to have TWO complete looks (outfits). The FIRST look should be your more casual look. This would be your more everyday wear, what you would wear to go out to dinner with the In-Law’s perhaps. We will get some great shots and get you warmed up to being photographed in these outfits. Even though this is casual, you still want to dress it up a little. Leave the sneakers at home, please!
The SECOND look should be DRESSY
The SECOND look should be the dressiest look; even if you don’t dress up often, you should for your E-Session! My rule of thumb when brides ask me “What should I wear?” is: “Wear what you would wear if you were attending your friends wedding and her venue is an upscale country club“. Seriously, I say that! It works, too!
The DRESSY look is the most important! This is the look that will make your images look high-end and luxury! The dressier the better! We will also likely shoot during the Golden Hour in this look for dreamy sunset glow! If you decide on only having one outfit for your engagement session, it should follow the rules of the DRESSY outfit.
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- Great dress options are cocktail dresses, black tie dresses, a cute summer dress, or even long flowing maxi skirts.
- Pair your dressy look with wedges or heels and jewelry accessories to photograph you beautifully! If you’re not that into dresses, a nice blouse with coordinating pants can be dressy too!
- Men: If you own a Blazer, Sport Coat, or Suit – wear it!
- Do not shy away from a vest, dress slacks, a pressed collared button-down shirt, and bow-tie even! Please, leave the tennis shoes and Polo shirts at home!
Tips For Your Engagement Session Outfits:
- Iron, Steam, & Iron again!!! I can not overstress this enough! It’s merely impossible to edit wrinkles out of an outfit. Please also pack your change of clothes in a way that they will not wrinkle in transport.
- Don’t over match! Color Coordinate!
- Accessorize! Utilize colorful accessories to tie your looks together!
- Be Brave, be Bold! Do not be afraid of color or patterns!
- Leave the sneakers at home, even if your casual look entails blue jeans.
- Even though you’re dressing up, make sure you’re comfortable!
- If we’re shooting in a park, remember that heels will sink in the ground (try wedges/chunky heels).
- Don’t forget to be on time! If you’re 15 minutes late, the sun doesn’t wait on you. We are working with natural light, as long as it is available.
- Relax! It is our job to make sure you’re comfortable and that you have fun!
Hair & Make Up
I can’t stress this enough ladies! Your photography is an INVESTMENT that will last you a lifetime! A professional hairstyle as simple as a wash and set (“blow-out”) with some curls will outshine just about anything you can style on your own – not to mention it can last 2-3 days!
Even if you don’t typically wear a lot of make up, you’d be surprised how flawless professional make up will make your skin glow and your eyes pop! Your engagement session is also a great time to trial run your make-up artist, so essentially you’re checking off a to-do item off your list and taking full advantage of it with beautiful images! That’s what I call a WIN! 🙂
Some of my favorite examples:
Thanks for reading, check out our category on Bridal Tips such as : Tips for Traveling with your Dress (this covers bridesmaid dresses, too)!